Why did you choose to write under a pen name? I write under the name Precarious Yates because there are way too many Sarah Smiths in the publishing world!
Tell us about your current book. UnEmbraceable is about a runaway teen, Tamar, who dives into a life of prostitution and stealing after a dark and harrowing past. She runs into Leonard, a computer programmer with a weight of sadness and a unique gift. Tamar steals Leonard’s wallet, and Leonard is sure of one thing about her: she will be his wife some day. In the meantime, there are zombies to run from and the weight of the past that could crush the both of them.
That sounds both intriguing, and a little creepy! I bet most teens would love it! What genre do you enjoy reading? I love, love, love YA, mostly fantasy, some dystopian, some sci-fi. I love reading about hope. I’ve seen enough of the other stuff.
What book are you reading now? I’m reading The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry.
What fact about your life would you like to share with your readers? I lived in Ireland for 4 years, and actually had the audacity to teach creative writing while I was there. Yes, you read that right—teach. In all reality, I learned from the Irish how to make the page breathe the words. I’m still trying to perfect that one!
Wow, that is amazing. Ireland is at the top of my list of places I want to visit some day, so I'm just a little jealous right now! If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be, and why? Jerusalem. Why? My heart has yearned for that city for as long as I can remember.
Do you have any hobbies (other than writing)? I play guitar, I play on jungle gyms, and I love to color with crayons and pastels. I have a six year old who keeps me young.
Are you working on any other books? Tell us about them. I’m finishing up book 3 of The Heart of the Caveat Whale trilogy. This is a YA fantasy set in a watery world. There are mermaids, mermen, huge and horrifying beasts, and the absolutely delightful aquavians.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The journey. Always the journey. The moments when my pen is moving across the page and I’m thick in the ‘zone’ of the story, those are my favorite moments of writing.
What other authors have inspired you? Oh, all the great classic fantasy authors: C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, George MacDonald. As for recent authors, I’d have to say that Staci Stallings, Chana Keefer, Sarah Witenhafer, Jackie Castle and all the others whose books I’ve read who write with integrity and depth and are not afraid to write beauty.
Do you have a link where we can purchase your books or read more about you? precariousyates.wordpress.com That’s where you’ll find all my books on the side bar.
Thanks for sharing about your work! Now, just for fun, what would you answer to these questions?
Sweet or salty? Briny, as in ocean. Ahh, I miss the ocean…
Mountains or beach? Beach. Please. Now? J.
What cd is in your player right now? Usually something by U2, but right now it’s music by Jonny Rodgers: acoustic guitar and wine glasses—ethereal, sublime, perfect writing music.